Buying second-hand Naim 'caps'

In the market for a second hand hi-cap, or flatcap to give my naim nait xs2 amp a bit more umph.

Is there anything I should look out for when purchasing?

TomTom Audio in St Albans specialise in finding and selling S/H and hard-to-find Naim equipment. They are showing a HiCap2 for £799.

James who runs TomTom is genuinely helpful and approachable, so I suggest that you give him a call. (They found me a lovely, mint NAT-01, when it was suddenly discontinued a few years back.)

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I recently got a Hi-Cap from Moorgate Acoustics who sell via eBay and we’re very good.

DG…

Personally ive never bought or used a FC. But have bought and still ( sort of) own 5 HCs. 2 are dr, other 3 are olive.

As for olive, unless serviced assume they need a service. Price wise HC plus servuce will be £550? The HC2 is the same guts as an olive HC in the newer box. Personally id go for the dr version which can be found for sub £1k

probably the most important would be when it was last serviced. Personally , I’d be looking for hicapDR 2018 or later, I think it’s 8/10 years naim recommend on servicing a Hicap. Not sure how much naim charge for a service on todays prices but it’s something you would need to bear in mind.
When buying an older power supply for example. If a seller says it’s been serviced , you would like to see the paperwork to show the work carried out. A bleeding green logo would be something I would look for as I know that it would be well due a service .

So my best advice would be to buy second hand from a reputable dealer. Not only it would give you peace of mind , but they would make sure it was in good working order and serviced etc may even give you some warranty.

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And getting that serviced would have been a matter of Morgate taking it downstairs!

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I didn’t realise that when I bought it.

Got it delivered, then spoke to Class A Audio to get it serviced who then told me that.

Doh…

DG…

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Upstairs :slightly_smiling_face:

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I think they sell vinyl downstairs :grinning:

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I have bought a used Hi Cap, XPS Olive and CD3 from Tom Tom Audio, I can only agree with the comments made on this forum, James was very helpful and found me what I needed at the price I could afford whilst being very reasonable with part exhange. I can’t speak highly enough of this company, customer service from a bygone age when the customer needs were put first, just agreed a prat exhange of my XPS DR for a new 555DR, again James has really done everything for me to afford this upgrade.

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I’ve made some edits here to ensure the thread and posts remain within forum rules.

Main things to look out for are service history (should be serviced every 8-10 years) and whether done by Naim or a Naim approved servicer such as Class A, and whether it comes with its SNAIC5 (make sure a genuine Naim SNAIC) - the later black variant being superior to the earlier grey one.

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When i went there Darran appeared from downstairs. I assumed his workshop was down there.

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Recently had my Hi-Cap (Non DR) serviced at Class A and was £199, Naim quoted £299.

Mine too, had the bleeding green Naim logo, which was changed and included in the service.

DG…

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Darren is upstairs, at the back.
Vinyl sales are downstairs at the back.
Moorgate are on ground level, round the front.

:crazy_face:

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He sifting out the best vinyl for his collection I’ll bet :grinning:

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Not really my kind of records, I collect singles / 45’s :slightly_smiling_face:

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Thanks all for responses, being a ‘Sheffielder’ I think I might be in a lucky position then!!

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Way back in the mists of time I was in Sheffield visiting a customer. As a graduate of the Uni I had the chance to stroll around some old haunts, and passing a charity shop spotted a Naim box in the window. I was curious as I had a very lovely 42/90 set up at that time. It was a Hi-Cap in it’s box with cables! They wanted £10 for it, so I explained it might be worth more but they would not accept more than £50.
They told me it had come in with some other similar looking boxes which were snapped up, but the Hi-Cap was overlooked. That was in 1987. I sold the 42/90/HC in 2003 for £1500 and it is still going strong!

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PS the Hi-Cap will have a great impact on sound quality

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